SUNY Oswego awards millions in merit scholarships each year to incoming students who demonstrated an outstanding level of academic achievement. We offer many scholarships that are both merit and need-based to help students pursue higher education.

One application puts you in consideration for both admission to SUNY Oswego and institutional scholarships to help you reach your goals.

Start Your App


First-Year Merit Scholarships

Eligibility

First-year scholarships, available in two monetary levels, are awarded to incoming full-time, first-year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence with a strong record of classroom achievement in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. In-state, out-of-state and international applicants are automatically considered for First-Year Merit Scholarships.

First-Year Scholarship Levels

Award LevelsAnnual AwardMaximum Award Total
Presidential* $6,000* $24,000* (4 year total)
Dean $2,500 $10,000 (4 year total)
*Scholarships require on-campus housing status or approved housing exemption.
Policies may vary based on date of entrance to SUNY Oswego and may be subject to point-in-time updates. See SUNY Oswego’s full Scholarship Policy and your signed commitment form for terms and details.

Renewal

First-Year Merit Scholarships are renewable for four years by maintaining full-time status, a minimum 3.00 GPA, and housing requirements*.


Transfer Scholarships

Eligibility

Transfer scholarships, available in two monetary levels, are awarded to incoming transfer students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence. Full-time transfer students with 24 college credits or more are eligible to receive a transfer scholarship.

Transfer Scholarship Levels

Award LevelsGPAAnnual AwardMaximum Award Total
Transfer Merit For students entering with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 $1,000* $3,000* (up to 3 years)
Transfer Achievement For students entering with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher $1,500* $4,500* (up to 3 years)
*Transfer scholarship distributions will not exceed half of the annual award per semester.
Policies may vary based on date of entrance to SUNY Oswego and may be subject to point-in-time updates. See SUNY Oswego’s full Scholarship Policy and your signed commitment form for terms and details.

Renewal

Fall 2024 transfer awards are renewable for up to three consecutive years or upon graduation, whichever comes first. Renewal requires full-time status and a minimum 3.00 GPA at SUNY Oswego.

SUNY Oswego has a long-standing commitment to higher education access, college completion and cost predictability. And now, through New York State's Excelsior Scholarship program, a greater number of New York students and families will be eligible to earn free tuition at SUNY Oswego.

For more information or to apply, visit New York State’s Higher Education Services Corporation's (HESC) Excelsior Scholarship page.

Go Oswego Out-of-State Awards

  • Go Oswego Awards:
    • Eligibility: Accepted full-time out-of-state students who are U.S. residents.
    • Amount: $2,000 per semester.
    • Duration: Renewable for up to 8 semesters (6 semesters for transfer students with 24+ college credits) or until graduation, whichever comes first.
    • Stackable with: First-Year Merit, Transfer Merit, or Transfer Achievement Scholarships.

Go Oswego International Awards

  • Eligibility: Full-time international students at SUNY Oswego.
    • Requirements: Must maintain on-campus housing status or have an approved housing exemption upon entry to SUNY Oswego.
    • Amount: $2,000 per semester.
    • Duration: Renewable for up to 8 semesters (6 semesters for transfer students with 24+ college credits) or until graduation, whichever comes first.
    • Stackable with: First-Year Merit, Transfer Merit, or Transfer Achievement Scholarships.

The Nunzio “Nick” C. and Lorraine E. Marano Scholarships annually fund 65 awards of $5,000 each for first-generation students with financial need. Marano Scholars awards are renewable as long as the student maintains a 3.00 GPA. The endowed scholarships, first presented in 2017, are part of the Scriba family’s generous bequest, the largest-ever gift to the college. Due to graduations and grade requirements, each year the award becomes available to approximately 15 to 20 students.

SUNY Oswego Foundation Scholarships, supporting outstanding students, are funded by generous donors. Awards are available for students interested in particular fields of study, possess exceptional talent in the arts, stand out leadership experience or display significant financial need, among other possibilities. Applications are online.

Incoming freshman and transfer students admitted for the fall term are automatically considered for scholarships, and cannot apply for foundation scholarships.

The Possibility Scholars program makes an exceptional academic program available for freshman applicants to Oswego’s fall term. This scholarship program transforms the lives of student scholars and sets them on a trajectory to meet both individual achievement goals and humanitys need for knowledge to conquer pressing global challenges. Through the generosity of leading donors, we deliver personal and financial assistance to students who face significant barriers to attending college. By integrating three transformational learning experiences, it is among the most comprehensive educational opportunities offered in the region.

When combined with existing need-based aid, Possibility Scholars will receive a full-ride scholarship, enabling scholarship recipients to study abroad, engage in research and graduate with little or no debt. New York state students entering STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) are eligible for consideration, with priority given to high-achieving students with significant financial need.

The Summer Research Institute

Accepted students will receive a stipend and room and board to engage in a rigorous laboratory-based summer research experience supporting year-round knowledge building. Working closely with a faculty mentor matched to their academic interests and career goals, Possibility Scholars will exercise critical thinking skills and enter valuable professional relationships for the future.

The Global Laboratory

Possibility Scholars will receive support for an international experience. Scholars will benefit from a holistic learning experience that will provide practice working across borders and time zones to solve real-world problems such as mitigating climate change, controlling emerging diseases, reducing extreme poverty, developing sustainable energy resources, and wisely managing water and food systems. Being embedded in an international community will help develop richer understanding and creative ideas for building a better world.

Financial assistance

The Possibility Scholarship will be applied in coordination with any other grants or scholarships awarded to assure each Possibility Scholar receives full financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, room and board for four years at SUNY Oswego. Our aim is to remove all financial barriers to a college education.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Possibility Scholars program, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of New York state.
  • Complete an application for admission to SUNY Oswego as a freshman for the fall.
  • Obtain a Possibility Scholarship nomination/letter of recommendation from an educator at your school. This nomination should speak to your accomplishments in STEM subjects, including any special projects youve completed, and your potential to succeed in a STEM field in college.
  • Be admitted to a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major.*
  • Demonstrate high potential for success in a STEM field based on your school grades and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • Must live in a residence hall on the SUNY Oswego campus all four years.

*Preference is given to first-generation college students

Eligible majors include
  • Adolescence Education Biology
  • Adolescence Education Chemistry
  • Adolescence Education Earth Science
  • Adolescence Education Mathematics
  • Adolescence Education Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Applied
  • Mathematical Economics, Applied
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology Education
  • Technology Management
  • Zoology

Under ROTC, students are able to receive a competitive, merit-based scholarship, covering all or part of college tuition, in return for active military service after graduation. ROTC students attend college classes while receiving basic military and officer training for their chosen branch of service through the ROTC unit at or nearby the college.